An Additional Post on This and That

Okay, I wanted to put up some housekeeping, but I didn’t want to make that the entire post.  First, Charlie and I are now doing a sort of “Sarah Promo Post” writ large.  I’d still like to do one here, anyway, but we’re also doing them on PJMedia Lifestyle every Friday.  For examples see here:

Book Plug Friday

Book Plug Friday #2

Send the books you want us to promote to book.plug.friday@gmail.com.  Below are the guidelines:

  • it should include a link to Amazon if at all possible. B&N and iTunes links are okay in addition, but frankly Amazon gives PJ a cut for any purchases you make through our links.
  • Deadline for Friday is Tuesday midnight Mountain Time the same week.  That is, if you want it in this Friday, we need it by this Tuesday midnight Mountain Time.
  • No more than 2 books per author per week, and don’t resubmit a plug for at least a month.
  • Please submit a blurb of 50 words or less with each book.
  • If you’re using a Heinlein character as a pen name, you must include a signed note from Ginny Heinlein.
  • It’s free, don’t complain about the service.
  • The whim of the editors is law, even with respect to the preceding six rules.

Other updates: I’m doing occasional intermittent articles at PJmedia lifestyle.  Feel free to drop by and throw peanuts or something. On Saturday I’m doing a 13 weeks series on organizing your creative life, which several of you could probably apply to writing and stuff.  I’m also doing a ten guilty pleasures (first one up, Pride and Prejudice!) and a series on catastrophic change.

Also, a reader, G. K. Mastergon has asked me to mention the contest their company is holding.  It’s a writing contest.  Go here for details.  I’m not endorsing the contest in any way.  I haven’t looked at it in depth, but if you think it’s worth your while, go look and check it out.

UPDATE: Mark Alger has a post on cover and type.  In the same vein there’s also this which someone suggested should get the artist hired to do Baen covers.  I particularly love the one for Fahrenheit 451, but thinking about it, I think it works because Fahrenheit 451 is a classic.  If it weren’t though, would the cover signal right to you?  I mean, would you see “science fiction” much less “literary science fiction?”  The same with 1984.  Now for classics whose general theme is widely known, these covers are brilliant.

Anything else any of you fish catchers (think about it!) want me to mention?

23 thoughts on “An Additional Post on This and That

  1. In what way could enjoyment of Pride and Prejudice be considered guilty?!?

        1. Yes, this miniseries. (Which I thought was a movie, not a miniseries, for the longest time…) It’s the most famous screen adaptation by far, though it does require a serious time commitment.

          1. The one from 1980 is probably more accurate, but it has defects of presentation for the MODERN DAY, some of which are strengths (like Darcy affecting a wooden and blase behavior, which means that series is known as R2D Darcy.) You should not under any circumstances watch the movie with the Knightly woman. It is so profoundly stupid, you risk losing IQ points just by watching the trailer. I watched the movie (had to see how bad it was) and it took me three days to be able to spell CAT again. Seriously, the final line of “We are all fools in love” would have Jane twirling in her grave. Her books were about FAR more than “love”.

            1. I take it you have never seen the Lawrence Olivier, Greer Garson adaptation, — the one with Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine? I think the screenwriter was working from the Classics Illustrated comic book adaptation of the novel, as told to him while he and the teller were three sheets to the wind.

              I submit this as proof that Olivier, who was surely familiar with the book, was the greatest English-language actor of his time. That he could turn in so unawful an interpretation of Mr. Darcy while resisting the urge to shoot the director, producer and screenwriter is testament to his professionalism. He does his duty by the movie all the while knowing that it is an unmitigated fraud against the public to call it by that name.

    1. There is a cover missing from that collection. It was one of my favorites– my HS library had one. It was for “Lord of the Flies”. It had a broken pair of glasses, and you could see shadows and faces in the shards. There were also flies crawling on the frame, and on a few pieces. It was brilliant, and I think done by the same artist.

      My favorite 1984 cover involved a maze like, blocky city with a pyramid looming above everything… light shining from the top of the pyramid in colored rays. Then there are people, tiny, insignificant, totally without personality, milling in streets below. Most are gray, except some are different colors. Those are being targeted by the shafts of light. The pyramid said, “Ignorance is Strength” on it. It was a cover for the Hebrew market. Our creative writing teacher shared it with us. On the back cover were death squads marching out, and snipers targeting the “different colored people.”

      Is it just me or are those Lolita covers REALLY disturbing and squiksome?

    1. Oh, of course. Mark, sorry, I meant to link that. I should say I’m having serious derpage issues today — probably due to having done too much too fast this weekend. (I was trying to catch up on stuff — including household stuff — from when I was sick.)

  2. Because you asked… What became of Colonel Kratman’s guest post? I do love to read his scary-badass-smartass opinions on things.

    1. Well, because I know people will have problems with it — I have myself — I need to be more awake, so the discussion doesn’t get REALLY crazy.

      1. Oh, c’mon! I can take it! I will talk or listen to just about _anybody_ on the ‘net. Well, except for obviously deranged evil malicious leftards. Hell, I have corresponded cordially with people like Faye Kane and Harold Covington (who writes some excellent F&SF, some even without Nazi themes).

    2. Col. Kratman’s post was so awesome that it broke part of the internet. There’s a massive lolcat jam all the way from Colorado Springs to Chicago, and until that gets cleared, well, you know. Apparently it got so bad that the NSA had to call in extra people to deal with all the Comic-Con tweets and kittens that erupted from their servers over the weekend.

      Only four cups of tea thus far, why?

  3. Regarding Baen cover art, for anyone who hasn’t already done so, hie thee to a Southeastern con where Toni Weisskopf is doing her Baen slide show presentation. The two hour special session at Liberty was especially fine.
    You will discover that she has an entire stable of outstanding artists who not only draw pretty pictures, but also tend to at least read the executive summary of the book they’re illustrating.
    Not only do you get to see current and soon to be released covers in all their glory (both covers and source art in most cases), but you also stand an excellent chance of scoring a freebie from the boxes of Baen books she always brings with her.

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